Matthew McConaughey Lectures Hollywood on Trump, and Breitbart Pounces



Matthew McConaughey at a screening of “Gold” last month in London.

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Amid the din of celebrities speaking out against President Trump, add one conciliatory voice: That of Matthew McConaughey, who said in a televised BBC interview that Hollywood should “embrace” the fact of Mr. Trump’s election and work with him.

The interview, broadcast on Sunday, might have quietly faded into the forgotten quarters of the internet. But Breitbart News, the right-wing news network, picked it up Wednesday night, packaging the video clip with an article headlined “Matthew McConaughey to Hollywood: ‘Embrace’ Donald Trump.

The interview, on the BBC’s “The Andrew Marr Show,” was later covered by outlets including Vulture, Entertainment Weekly and the British newspaper The Independent. Overnight, searches for Mr. McConaughey and Mr. Trump rose on Google.

The Breitbart site reports and aggregates politics and entertainment news, often with a conservative viewpoint, and had embraced Mr. Trump during the presidential campaign. The network was formerly run by Stephen K. Bannon who is now Mr. Trump’s top adviser.

In response to a question from Mr. Marr about whether it was time for America’s cultural elite to give Mr. Trump “a break,” Mr. McConaughey said, “It’s a very dynamic and as divisive of an inauguration and time that we’ve ever had.

“At the same time, it’s time for us to embrace, shake hands with this guy and be constructive with him over the next four years.”

Mr. McConaughey had appeared on the program to promote his latest role in the new movie, “Gold.”

Online, mentions of Mr. McConaughey increased rapidly early Thursday. They came in swift and conflicting: One Twitter user thanked the Oscar-winning actor for being “a voice of reason in a place where ppl think they r wiser than the fly over states.” Another said, “Sorry Matt, but no we don’t and no we won’t.”

Mr. McConaughey is one of the rare stars to speak in more amicable terms about the new president, who has drawn widespread scorn from late-night hosts, comedians and actors.

At this year’s award shows, celebrities including Meryl Streep and Julia Louis-Dreyfus have used their acceptance speeches to call out the president for his policies and behavior. Last month, Nicole Kidman drew criticism after telling the BBC, “he’s now elected, and we as a country need to support whoever is the president because that’s what the country’s based on.” She later clarified that she had meant her comments as a general call in favor of democratic processes, rather than an endorsement of Mr. Trump.

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